Systema Camp 2012

Systema Camp 2012 group photo

Systema Camp 2012 Group Photo

Every two years Systema HQ in Toronto has a Systema Camp, its a week long training camp where Systema practitioners from across the globe meet up and train together. Its held at this beautiful camp site a few hours north of Toronto with a forest and a lake. This is my write up for 2012 camp that I originally wrote in January of 2013.

For quite some time I have been wanting to go to this Systema Camp and this last year i was finally able to make it. The plan was that this camp/trip should fit nicely after my summer college courses and right before my fall semester started. It would give me a chance to get some great training in, make some new friends and unwind from the last semester by punching people from other countries right in the face (and vice versa).

Leading up to camp…

As I got closer to to the 2012 Systema Camp trip, I found out that my dates where off, and that Tuesday of that week is the same day as my summer college course final exam. Well that’s a problem. Figuring that it wont be that big of a deal, I went and visited my professor to see if i can do the final before or after my trip. I met up with him and explained my situation, told him i leave the Sunday before the final and wont be back until the Monday after the final.  I gave him a whole sad story to try and get his sympathy. He listened and paused. “You know what…maybe there is something i can do to help you” he said. “Yes!” i though, “this will all work out.”  He then said, in a way that sounded like he truly thought he was doing me a favor: “Instead of Tuesday you can take your final on Wednesday.” “Wednesday? Of the week i get back? That would be perfect!” I responded. “No, the day after the scheduled final, that Wednesday.” he says. “That Wednesday? I will be gone the WHOLE week, that Wednesday is even worse that Tuesday.” “Well that’s to bad then, if you don’t show up for your final you will fail the course.” He stated.  Well we never came up with a agreement.

Val Riazanov – Ballistic Striking – Systema

Ballistic Strikes

Ballistic Strikes

Ballistic Striking

This should be a pretty short review for Ballistic Striking because its kind of hard to write a review about a 2 hour video of someone punching hand mitts, but ill try.

This is a review of the Val Riazanov Ballistic Striking video, which is about 2 hours and some change long. This video was created to demonstrate and explain the classic “Systema Ballistic Strike”. The Systema strike is a relaxed, whip like strike that a lot of Systema guys are well known for. It can be pretty devastating to be on the wrong end of one of these.

Review: Systema HQ – Knife in a Fight

Knife in a Fight

Knife in a Fight

Knife in a Fight

You can pick up knife in a fight as either part of a two pack DVD with Konstantin’s Street Crime or can be purchased as a separate downloadable video. Its about a 45 minute long video that focusing on softly drawing and accessing a knife in a fight.

Knife in a Fight

Knife in a Fight